Retrospective of Adoor films in Delhi begins today

A retrospective of films directed by renowned director Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be held in the city to mark 50 years since the release of his first feature film, Swayamvaram (One’s Own Choice). Starting Monday, the director’s six feature films in Malayalam, his 2001 documentary on classical art Koodiyattam and Girish Kasaravalli’s documentary on Adoor will be screened at the India International Center over the next three weeks.

81-year-old Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who lives in Thiruvananthapuram, will attend the special performance of Swayamvaram at 6 pm on Monday. The film starring Madhu and Sharada was released in 1972 and won four National Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Sharada was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Swayamvaram. Swayamvaram launched art house cinema in Malayalam and inspired a generation of filmmakers to look beyond the box office and consider cinema as a serious art form.

His other acclaimed films Kodiyettam, Elipathayam, Anantharam, Mathilukal and Vidheyan will be released on December 7, 9, 12, 20 and 21. On December 21st they will perform Kasaravalli’s acclaimed work Adoor, Images and Reflections.

Journalist and film historian VK Cherian has directed the festival.

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